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Course Dates

2018-19 - 10th Sep 18-19th Jul 19

Cost and Duration

3 Month (12 weeks) – £7,300
6 Month (24 weeks) – £12,300
9 Month (35 weeks) – £15,495

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Long Course Syllabus

We have a set Syllabus for our long course, which runs from September to July each year

Term 1 – Autumn Term Overview
The main objectives of the Autumn term are to ensure that the students learn an appreciation of tools, materials, technology, quality in furniture making and design. Safe machining techniques are of paramount importance and all students will complete an induction programme on wood machining during the first term. Students will gain confidence and speed on small set projects initially, progressing to their first furniture project which will be included in their portfolio of work.
Projects to be completed may include:
o Making work bench tools: Push stick, bench hook, shooting board, winding sticks, scratch stock, dovetail template, veneer hammer, carpenter’s and carver’s mallets, flat and curved sanding blocks.
o Hand Made Practice Joints
o Sycamore Bread Board
o Dovetailed and Tenoned Tool Rack
o Chessboard
o Veneered and Laminated Tray
o Small Solid Timber Table with Tapered Legs and Drawer
o Wood Turning Projects with Chris Eagles (Four Mondays during October)
o Marquetry Day with President of the Marquetry Society, Quentin Smith

Term 1 – Autumn Term Visits
o 100% Design (London) Wednesday - September
The UK’s leading contemporary interiors event connecting the worlds of architecture and design showcasing contemporary interior products and creativity www.100percentdesign.co.uk
o Visit to a Timber Yards - November
Experience the buying process, learn how to select timber, negotiate with suppliers and look at moisture content and kiln drying methods:-
   Sykes Timber - www.sykestimber.co.uk
   Whitmores - www.whitmores.co.uk
   Whitney Saw Mills - www.whitneysawmills.co.uk
o Suggested Visits for Students
   Celebration of Craftsmanship, Cheltenham (August)
Students are encouraged to attend this fantastic and inspiring exhibition just 15 miles from the School at the end of August. Its a chance for the new students to meet up together when Peter gives a guided tour - the School sponsors the annual Visitor Prize Draw - www.celebrationofcraftsmanship.com
   North of England Woodworking Show, Harrogate (November)
The oldest and biggest woodworking and power tool show in the Country. Everything for the amateur and professional woodworker and power tool use - www.nelton.co.uk/exhibitions.html

Term 2 – Spring Term Overview
During the Spring Term the emphasis is on improving the speed and precision of the student’s hand skills, and using the machines accurately and efficiently. The student will continue to develop their confidence, design skills and advanced construction techniques.

Ideas for Individual Projects (to include both solid and veneered work):
o Workshop Stool with Compound Angles
o First Masterpiece of your choice
A piece of fine furniture demonstrating the individual design skills and practical techniques learned on the professional furniture making course. For those students under 30 years old, the chance to enter their piece for the Alan Peters Award at the Celebration of Craftsmanship Exhibition in August

Term 2 - Spring Term Visits
o Visit Mundy Veneers, Somerset
View their excellent range of decorative and constructional veneers - www.mundyveneer.com
o Cheltenham Museum and Art Gallery
A visit to the Wilson, Cheltenham’s newly extended Art Gallery & Museum including a new gallery space dedicated to the internationally renowned Arts & Crafts collection, with art historian Ian Lloyd Oswell - www.cheltenhammuseum.org.uk
o Tewkesbury Saw Company, Tewkesbury
Supplier of equipment and accessories to the woodworking trade with in-house Saw Doctors. Over 200 machines and power tools on display - www.tewkesburysaw.co.uk
o Gordon Russell Museum, Broadway (Cotswolds)
A visit to the Museum, located in the original Grade II Listed workshop, along with a personal guided tour by curators who were former employees of Gordon Russell. Celebrates the work of the renowned 20th Century furniture designer and that of his company over a period of 60 years in Broadway, Worcestershire - www.gordonrussellmuseum.org
o Paul Davey Cabinetmakers, Evesham
Industrial visit to vibrant local craft workshop – Paul apprenticed under Peter and went on to be a Silver medallist at “Skill Olympics” in Lyon 1995 before starting his own workshop employing a small team of highly skilled craftsmen including Matthias Macdonald and Reuben Lloyd Pack who both trained at Peter Sefton Furniture School - www.pauldaveycabinetmaker.co.uk
o Jeremy Higson Cabinetmakers, Evesham
Industrial visit to a large production furniture workshop - Jeremy is a Bespoke Guild Mark winner and now runs a workshop employing over 20 furniture makers.
o Suggested Visits for Students
o Victoria and Albert Museum, London – The largest exhibition of furniture in the UK. Over 14,000 pieces from Britain, Europe and America from the Middle Ages to the present day - www.vam.ac.uk
o Design Museum, London - www.designmuseum.org

Term 3 – Summer Term Overview
In the Summer Term, the emphasis will be on perfecting students’ design and making skills and they will put into practice all the advanced techniques they have learned to create their own masterpiece. They will also gain a thorough understanding of the business skills required to set up and run their own workshop or be a productive employee within the profession, should they wish.
o Suggested Visits for Students
o Art in Action, Oxford (July) - 400 demonstrating designer makers; disciplines include painting, sculpture, woodwork, textiles, ceramics and metalwork
o Rodmarton Manor, Cirencester (Cotswolds)
Furniture made according to Arts and Crafts ideals and was one of the last country houses to be built and furnished in the old traditional style
o Second Masterpiece of your choice
o A piece of fine furniture demonstrating the individual design skills and practical techniques learned on the professional furniture making course
o Building a Portfolio
o Creating a collection of photographs and design drawings of the student’s work, to be presented to potential clients or employers
o Detailed review of material costs and hours spent on major projects

Workshop Practices and Techniques
o Induction and Welcome to the School
o Health and Safety within the Machine and Hand Tool Workshops
o Hand Tool Selection
o Hand Tool Care and Sharpening
o Hand Skills
o Hand Cut Joints
o Introduction to Wood Machining
o Machines
o Machining Procedures
o Machining Techniques
o Machine Joints
o Manufacturing Jigs, Templates and Guards
o Hand Held Power Tools
o Veneering Techniques
o Marquetry Techniques
o Parquetry Techniques
o Polishing and Finishing Techniques

Technology and Design
o Timber Recognition
o Costings
o Adhesives
o Manufactured Board
o Abrasives
o Veneers
o Cutting Lists
o Built-in Furniture and Site Work
o Models and Prototypes
o Design and Proportion
o Drawing Practices
o History of Furniture
o Fundamentals of Construction
o Fittings and Brassware
o Table and Chair Constructions
o Carcass Construction and Carcass Design
o Component Construction
o Advanced Construction
o Curved work
o Laminating and Forming
o Veneering

Other Skills (Optional)
o Health and Safety Legislation
o Self Employment, Writing a Business Plan and Marketing
o Planning Your Workshop
o Furniture Makers Company

Email your postal address to info@peterseftonfurnitureschool.com to request a full printed Brochure including a detailed Syllabus.